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March 26, 2019 Week In Connections

CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. has Appointed Sam Rusenovich of Brake Parts Inc. to the Association's Manufacturers' Advisory Council
When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: "Sam will add value to CAWA and by virtue of his position in the industry, will assist the Association in achieving its goals as a relevant and viable automotive aftermarket industry organization". "We know and appreciate the contributions he will make to the future successes of CAWA and the industry we serve", he continued.

Mr. Rusenovich has spent his entire professional career in the automotive aftermarket in a variety of different leadership roles. He is currently serving as the Director, Sales - Commercial Vehicle & Customer Experience for Raybestos Brakes/BPI. In this role, he oversees the National CES Sales team and manages the Commercial Vehicle Program for Raybestos. Previous to joining Raybestos, he worked for a large independent NAPA group as a Regional Vice President where he oversaw a group of 15 stores including their sales people. Previous roles within this organization included VP of Operations and VP of Support Services. Prior to the independent NAPA group, Mr. Rusenovich was with Genuine Parts Company (GPC) for several years. His most recent position with the Company was as a District Manager where he oversaw a group of stores and sales people. Other roles within GPC included Area Manager, District Operations Manager and Loss Prevention Manager. Mr. Rusenovich lives in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, with his wife and two children. He is an avid motorcycle rider and enjoys spending time with his family.

Dan Ninivaggi, CEO of Icahn Automotive Group, will Keynote CAWA's Annual Dinner Gala in Las Vegas the Sunday Night Before AAPEX/SEMA, Nov 3, 2019
Mr. Ninivaggi, most recently, was Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Federal Mogul Holdings Corporation and CEO of Federal Mogul Motorparts. The Automotive Group was formed by Icahn Enterprises, which also owns Federal Mogul Motorparts, to invest in and operate businesses involved in aftermarket parts distribution and service. Icahn Automotive Group currently consists of: Pep Boys, Auto Plus, Precision Tune Auto Care, and AAMCO Total Auto Care service centers.

Please mark your calendar for November 3rd. All proceeds from the event will go towards CAWA's scholarship programs. For more immediate information, contact Another member benefit.

Right to Repair Coalition Takes on Vehicle Data in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has introduced legislation in the commonwealth protecting consumers' right to own and control the data generated by their vehicle. The bill would require new vehicle manufacturers to equip their vehicles with "an inter-operable, standardized and open access platform across all makes and models that is capable of securely communicating all telematics vehicle data in a standardized format via direct data connection to the platform." The bill would further require that the data be accessible by the owner or lessee of the vehicle through a mobile-based application and upon the authorization of the vehicle owner or lessee, all mechanical data shall be directly accessible by an independent motor vehicle repair facility or franchised dealer.

Right to Repair The proposed legislation seeks to respond to a growing number of vehicle manufacturers requiring their authorization in order to access a vehicle's on-board diagnostic (OBD) system. While these measures seek to provide cybersecurity protections, each car company is pursuing its own proprietary system, thus threatening to significantly increase tooling costs and grant them significant control over access to vehicle repair information. The bill would prohibit the use of any system that restricts access to the OBD port unless the systems are standardized across all makes and models and administered by an entity unaffiliated with a manufacturer.

For more information, contact CAWA's Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603

CAWA Continues to Oppose Nevada's Anti-Aftermarket Parts Bill - AB 173
Our coalition against the anti-aftermarket replacement parts bill continues to speak out to Nevada legislators. Also, at the initial hearing on the bill, which occurred in Carson City (3/08/19), we and our coalition were there to speak out against the bill. Our adversaries and proponents of the bill included the Nevada Collision Industry Association (body shops); the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the New Car Dealers of Nevada. So, the big guns of the OEM's were there to testify. 

Rest assured, CAWA and our coalition will do all it can to make sure this bill does not become law in the Silver State. Stay tuned for next steps, key follow-up hearings, calls to action and grassroots efforts. For additional information on our coalition and efforts in Nevada, contact CAWA's Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603.

CAWA will Hold a Meeting with Other Automotive Groups in Arizona to Discuss the New Health Trust
The trust will be through Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Arizona and will bring very competitive insurance options to CAWA members beginning in July of this year. The meeting will be held on April 25, 2019 at 11:30 am (lunch is included) and members are welcomed to attend. Send an email to saying you have an interest in attending and we will get back to you shortly with details. Another member benefit.

Reminder - Recent Enforcement Actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Regarding Emissions Related Products
EPA Reminder: It is illegal to manufacture or market emissions-related products that would knowingly take a street vehicle out of compliance with federal and California clean-air laws. The prohibition applies to everyone in the chain of commerce, from manufacturers to distributors, retailers and installers. Both the EPA and CARB recently announced several settlement agreements with companies that had allegedly marketed illegal emissions-related products. The products included engine programmers, air-intake systems, diesel oxidation catalyst defeat devices, non-approved catalytic converters and other items. For more information, see CAWA's Legislative advocate in California, Gary Conover at or 916. 233.9655. Another member benefit.

CAWA Supports an Arizona Bill Regarding a Pilot Program for Vehicle Inspections
The bill requires the Department of Environmental Quality to establish a pilot program to provide for remote vehicle inspections in select areas of the State. The Department is also required to operate the pilot program for at least three consecutive years and complete the program by July 1, 2025. On completion of the program, the Department will submit to the Governor and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee a report summarizing the results of the pilot program. For more information on this bill and others we are watching in Arizona, contact our Phoenix based legislative advocate, Stuart Goodman at or 602.617.5708. Another member benefit.

March Madness Brings Distractions, Gambling, Fun to the Workplace
Have you filled out your 2019 March Madness bracket? You may not have, but your employees very likely did. 

March Madness This year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) 81st annual college basketball tournament - dubbed March Madness - runs March 19 through April 8. The 68-team single-elimination tournament will have 67 games spread over three weeks. Last year, more than 97 million U.S. viewers watched the tournament, and 69.7 million people viewed official March Madness social content, according to the NCAA

With so many games in such a short period, employees are likely bringing their March Madness spirit into the workplace. While it will cause some distraction and other potential issues, the March Madness workplace infiltration isn't all bad - here's what to expect over the next few weeks. See more to think about here. Source: HR California Extra

Leave of Absence Options Available for New Dads in California
Our employee's wife just had a baby and he is asking us if he can take time off work and how much he will get paid. What are we required to do? We have never had this come up before. Many people think baby bonding applies only to moms, but it also applies to a biological, adoptive or foster care dad, stepdad, legal guardian or someone who stands in the shoes of a dad in relation to care of a baby or child, otherwise known as "loco parentis." See more details, here

Recall, as a member of CAWA, you can receive up to ½ hour per month of FREE legal consultation on matters such as this. Go to and find the attorney in your state. Source: Our friends at the California Chamber of Commerce   Another member benefit.

Only a Few Days Left - CAWA 2019 Scholarships - Apply Now
Scholarships Interested in receiving a scholarship from the Association for your employees, children, family members and others who would be welcomed into the auto care industry? Applying is easy! The online application process allows students interested in aftermarket careers to submit one application each year online at and receive consideration for several scholarships. Funds for scholarships come from generous CAWA members and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. For more information, see or contact CAWA Member Services at Another member benefit.

The Need for Life Insurance is One of the Most Overlooked Protections for Business Owners
It's also more affordable than you might think, with a recent poll finding 86% of consumers overestimate the true cost. Find out why your business needs life insurance hereContact our partner, Mat Nabity of CoreMark Insurance at 866.340.2247 or Another member benefit.
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